Laboratory of Archaeology

The Laboratory of Archaeology (LOA) is committed to the scholarly study of the material evidence of past cultures. The study of these materials is an essential part of the Laboratory’s responsibility to further knowledge of the past. LOA recognizes the rights of indigenous peoples  and is committed to dealing sensitively and responsibly with indigenous peoples on the care and disposition of these materials.

LOA is a teaching and research unit within UBC’s Department of Anthropology in the Faculty of Arts.  A committee of archaeology faculty members in the Department of Anthropology and the Department of Classical, Near Eastern and Religious Studies (the LOA Committee) and the LOA Manager oversee the day-to-day operations of the LOA and administer the collections of the LOA.

Since 1977 the Laboratory has occupied space in both the Anthropology & Sociology Building (ANSO) and the Museum of Anthropology (MOA). The ANSO building houses faculty offices and research areas, the GIS Lab and Geoarchaeology Lab.  Since 2010, the newly renovated LOA facilities, located in the Museum building, accommodate a state-of-the-art Collections Repository, the Borden Research Lab, the Lithic Analysis Lab, the Faunal/Botanical Lab (with research bays for faculty, graduate student, and visiting researcher projects), the Archaeochemistry Lab, the Ceramic Analysis lab, and the Scanning Electron Microscope Lab.  Our research facility also houses the Archaeology Archives and a “Transition Lab”– an area for processing artifacts, flotation, and receiving.

The Laboratory of Archaeology (LOA) Policy and Procedures of the Laboratory of Archaeology describe the handling of cultural materials and ancestral remains in LOA’s care at all stages of collection, research, reporting and access, and repatriation.

PDF Library of LOA Theses and Publications

 Who manages the Laboratory of Archaeology (LOA)?

The LOA Committee

The general operation of the LOA is overseen by a committee of permanent archaeology faculty, and visiting postdoctoral fellows who are members of the Department of Anthropology or the Classical, Near Eastern and Religious Studies (CNERS) Department. Day-to-day operations are managed by the LOA Manager and the LOA Director.

  • The Director of LOA and is appointed on an annual basis by archaeology faculty on the LOA Committee and reports to the Head of the Department of Anthropology. The Director is responsible for overseeing the general operation of the LOA.  The LOA Director repots to  Head of the Department of Anthropology.
  • The Curator of Public Archaeology is responsible for matters dealing with Archaeology in MOA and the relations between LOA and MOA. The Curator reports to the Director of MOA, and provides a liason between MOA the LOA Committee.

Members of the Committee currently administering the Laboratory of Archaeology (LOA) are: